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FIRST®, through the generous support from the Caterpillar Foundation, has available a limited number of FIRST® TECH Challenge Class Pack grants to support the implementation of FIRST TECH Challenge in Title 1 upper-middle and high schools located in specific cities/town (listed below) through resources, staff training, and ongoing support and consultation over the course of a 2-year implementation.

 This grant opportunity is designed with the goal of supporting schools in building a sustainable FIRST TECH Challenge robotics program so that more youth have access to robotics to build the technical, research, and social-emotional skills needed for their futures.

Through a FIRST® Tech Challenge Class Pack, students experience the excitement of STEM and develop connections to career opportunities through an interactive curriculum and build a robot to compete in a mini-game.

Grant recipients will receive the first-year grant funding for the 2023-2024 school year. Each FIRST Tech Challenge Class Pack is designed to serve 24 students.


Each FIRST Tech Challenge Class Pack Grant will include two (2) years of support:
Year 1) 

  • One (1) FIRST® Tech Challenge Class Pack Registration (serves up to 24 students), including season Mini-Game set
  • Access to the FIRST Thinkscape Learning Management System, including digital FIRST Tech Challenge curriculum, educators' resources, student learning modules, teacher lesson plans and the FIRST Professional Learning Community
  • Six (6) reusable FIRST Tech Challenge Education Robot sets
  • One (1) remote seat of FIRST Tech Challenge Professional Development Training 
  • All shipping and applicable sales taxes
  • Based upon need, the grant will provide one (1) 3D printer (Creality Ender 3 V2 Neo 3D Printer or equivalent) 

Year 2) 

  • One (1) FIRST® Tech Challenge Class Pack Registration (serves up to 24 students), including season Mini-Game set
  • Access to the FIRST Thinkscape Learning Management System, including digital FIRST Tech Challenge curriculum, educators' resources, student learning modules, teacher lesson plans and the FIRST Professional Learning Community
  • One (1) remote seat of FIRST Tech Challenge Professional Development Training 
  • All shipping and applicable sales taxes

Title 1 High School within a 60 Mile Radius of These Locations are Eligible to Apply:

  • Alabama: Albertville
  • Georgia: Athens & Griffin
  • Illinois: Peoria & Pontiac
  • Kansas: Wamego
  • Kentucky: Mayfield & DeCoursey (including Kenton  & Campbell Counties)
  • Michigan: Menominee
  • Mississippi: Corinth & Booneville
  • Missouri: Boonville & West Plains
  • North Carolina: Cary (including Clayton & Sanford)
  • North Dakota: West Fargo (including a one-hour radius)
  • South Carolina: Sumter
  • Texas: Denison, Victoria, & Waco


Grants Requirements:

  • Preference given to Title 1 upper middle and high schools located in designated cities/towns (listed above). If not a Title 1 High School, then any public High School with a high percentage of students that receive reduced/free lunch, have significant levels of diverse students, significant percentage of students that are underserved/underrepresented.
  • Participation of one (1) staff member in 2-day live, 14-hour total virtual training
  • Supply adequate computer devices and tools for robot building and programming
  • Participate in periodic surveys, including staff and youth surveys (no student-identifiable data will be collected)


 

Important Dates: 


Application Released: January 30, 2023
Deadline to Apply: October 27, 2023**                                      

        *DEADLINE EXTENDED - APPLY BY APRIL 1, 2023*


Anticipated Notification of Award: 

Applicants will be notified of their grant status within 7 business days from their submission
 

Program Material Shipments: 

For Year 1: Registration for the 2023-2024 season will be open until April 18, 2024. Digital curriculum will be available once registration has been completed. REV Robotics Education Robots, mini-game sets, and if applicable, digit printers will ship shortly after registration is complete.
 

Remote (Virtual) Professional Development: Varied depending on implementation - additional information will be provided upon grant award. FIRST Tech Challenge Professional Development is a 2-day, 14 hour training.
 

Program Activation: Year 1: 2023-2024 school year; Year 2: 2024-2025 school year


 If you have any questions regarding this grant opportunity, please reach out to FIRSTSchoolEngagement@FIRSTInspires.org

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